Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.
Special Distance Learning Videoconference Offerings for National Fossil Day
Teachers, take your students on a virtual visit to Badlands in celebration of National Fossil Day™!
Badlands National Park harbors the richest known beds of mammal fossils from the late Eocene and Oligocene. To celebrate National Fossil Day 2012, we're bringing these fossils to classrooms around the country by offering special distance learning videoconferences.
Programs on National Fossil Day itself booked up swiftly. Due to this overwhelming demand, we have added a second day of videoconference offerings on the following Wednesday, Oct. 24. Every half hour, teachers and students can use Skype or IP Connect to join a park ranger for a live, interactive program introducing the beauty of the Badlands rock layers and the fossil wonders contained within. Programs will last approximately twenty minutes and will include examples of fossils from creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
Part of Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. 2012 marks the third annual National Fossil Day. Events are organized at fossil-bearing sites around the country. For more information, please see the main National Fossil Day website.
Did You Know?
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.